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Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art, rooted in the present, encompasses artistic creations that have emerged from the second half of the 20th century to the present day.


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The term "Contemporary Art" applies more broadly to works produced since the advent of modern art, although the boundary between modern art and contemporary art can sometimes become blurred due to the presence of modernist-style works outside the specific period of modern art.


Jellyfish Eyes-Black 4, 2004 (acrylique sur toile)
Jellyfish Eyes-Black 4, 2004 (acrylic on canvas) / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images


Contemporary Art, the movement of constant evolution.


In art history, contemporary art succeeds modern art. Chronologically, it encompasses all works created after 1945. Contemporary artists have benefited from recent creative techniques such as photography, painting, screen printing, digital technologies, and more. One characteristic of contemporary art is that it has no limitation in terms of medium. More than just a chronological period, contemporary works are recognized for their ability to question their era, challenge the norms of mediums, dissemination, and even lifespan.


Self Obliteration, 1966-74 (six mannequins peints, six perruques, quatre chaises peintes et une table peinte avec un décor mixte)
Self Obliteration, 1966-74 (six painted mannequins, six wigs, four painted chairs, & painted table with mixed media table setting), Yayoi Kusama / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images


The definition of contemporary art is based on the use of techniques, subjects, and styles from modernism. It is a complex concept to explain as it has evolved and continues to evolve over time. Originally emerging as an artistic movement after World War II, it gained particular prominence in the 1960s and 1970s.


Contemporary art, the result of two centuries of art evolution.


Over the years, contemporary art has transcended the boundaries of what is traditionally considered noble art. Its current form has evolved over the past two centuries, shaped by artists who have created their works amidst rapidly changing societies.

Several movements can be identified within contemporary art, including figurative art, hyperrealism, street art, feminist art, conceptual art, and more.


Victor 25448, 1987 (acrylique, bâton d'huile et graphite sur papier posé sur toile)
Victor 25448, 1987 (acrylique, bâton d'huile et graphite sur papier posé sur toile) / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ai Weiwei, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Yayoy Kusama, Jenny Saville... all of these artists come from the realm of contemporary art.


Earth Telephone, 1968 (telephone, earth & grass, connecting cable on wooden board)
Earth Telephone, 1968 (telephone, earth & grass, connecting cable on wooden board) / Bridgeman Images


Contemporary art arouses a growing curiosity due to its constant ability to renew itself. It can be perceived as vibrant, rebellious, even aggressive and complex, but above all, it embodies creative momentum and novelty. Contemporary art evokes unique emotions that resonate with our time.


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